Over 10 students of Ananda Singh Higher Secondary School, Nongmeibung suffered injuries of varying degrees on Thursday when police resorted to firing tear-gas shells to control the stone-throwing students who were agitating against shortage of teaching staff and infrastructure in the school.
At around 11 am, the students staged protest demonstration by choking vehicular movement at Nongmeibung road by laying school furniture.
Even though a police team of Imphal East district led by Inspector John arrived at the spot the students defied initial attempt by the police to suspend their agitation as they were adamant on meeting either the Education Minister or officials of Education Department.
Later at around 1 pm police reinforcement under the command of the district SP reached the site and managed to herd the students to the school campus from where the students started to throw stones at the police.
In order to control the situation the police fired some 3-4 tear gas shells that forced the agitating student to run helter-skelter resulting in injuries to at least 10 students.
Speaking to newspersons, a student representative said numerous complaints have been lodged to both the Education Minister and Director of Education for necessary measures to appoint requisite number of teaching staff and development of basic infrastructure.
Students of the co-educational institution had been enduring severe inconveniences owing to lack of teaching staff and absence of basic facility such as separate toilets for boys and girls, said the representative adding that continuous indifferent attitude to the suffering of the students compelled them to launch the road-blockade agitation.
A late report said an understanding has been reached between the students and government.